The NAATI Certification System has been designed after considering the knowledge, skills and attributes identified as necessary for professional practice. It is made up of three components:

  • Eligibility Pathways: these are the criteria that you have to meet in order to be eligible to sit your chosen certification test.
  • The Certification Test: this is a performance-based test of your translation or interpreting skills. If you’re successful in passing this test, you will be awarded certification.
  • Recertification Requirements: once you are awarded a certification, you are required to meet certain criteria in order to retain it. Every three years, you will need to submit information to NAATI to show that you are continuing to meet these requirements. If you cannot meet these requirements, your certification will expire.

The tables below describe these three components of the certification system with specific information for each credential type.

It is important that this is not read in isolation. You should consult the following additional documents when trying to determine what type of certification you need to apply for:

  • The KSA’s for Translators and Interpreters: which sets out in detail the knowledge, skills and attributes identified as being needed for professional practice
  • The NAATI Certification Model: which identifies the types and interrelationships between credentials to be awarded
  • The Descriptors for Translator and Interpreter certifications: which provides information about the competencies associated with each type of credential in the Certification Model.

Some eligibility pathways require you to meet NAATI standards for language (i.e. English language proficiency), ethical and/or intercultural competencies. The final section outlines some information about these prerequisites.

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